Haggerston Dovecote
Dovecote Berwick Upon Tweed Northumberland

Haggerston Dovecot

Dovecote In Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland

Possibly an old windmill converted into a dovecote which is lined inside with brick nesting boxes

Just over the road from Haggerston Castle is an old dovecote that I must have driven past a fair few times, but hadn't realised until I spied it on the map.

It is thought to have been originally been built as a windmill in the 17th century and was converted into a dovecote, in the 18th or 19th centuries.

The Haggerston Dovecote is a cylindrical structure, made of coursed rubble stone. It is 9 meters tall and has a diameter of around 7 meters. The roof is missing, but the original conical roof with stone tiles is thought to have been replaced with a flat roof in the 19th century.

The interior of the dovecote is lined with 527 brick nesting boxes, arranged in three tiers, with 176 boxes in each tier. The boxes are accessed by a central ladder.

In the past, dovecotes like the Haggerston Dovecote were essential for providing a regular supply of fresh meat and eggs, particularly during the winter months when other sources of food were scarce. The dovecote could house a significant number of pigeons or doves.

Interior photo by Russel Wills.

It's just the other side of the A1 from Haggerston Castle, so if you're heading up that way, then take a quick 5 min diversion and tick another place off your bucket list!

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You can park your car off road next to the dovecot.

Contributed by Simon Hawkins

Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.

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